Are ETFs Right for You?

Part I of our guide to ETFs

Christopher J. Traulsen, CFA 5 January, 2007 | 7:07PM
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Fund investors in the UK suffer from what we consider to be inordinately high costs, particularly among retail equity funds. Traditional trackers provide one alternative, but with total expense ratios (TERs) often reaching 1% per year or more, many of these are frankly still expensive for what they do. In the US, retail investors can purchase an S&P 500 index fund with no sales charge and a TER as low as nine basis points (0.09%) per year. Try finding a similar deal in the UK. You can’t—although Fidelity Moneybuilder UK Index is pretty good a

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Christopher J. Traulsen, CFA  is director of fund research, Europe and Asia, Morningstar.

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